“I’m back.” On March 18, 1995, Michael Jordan’s agent David Falk faxed this memo out to the media, putting the NBA on notice. A few days after, Michael Jordan suited up with a #45 jersey to play against the Indiana Pacers.
Mike started the game off rusty after playing baseball for most of the year. He made his first field goal on a jump shot over Pacers star Reggie Miller. MJ eventually got his rhythm back and stuck his tongue out like old times. Michael ended up playing 43 minutes in the game but only shot 7 of 28 from the field with 19 points. The Chicago Bulls lost this game, but it was a moment in history that will always be remembered.
The sneakers that Mike laced up for this game was the Air Jordan 10. This was designed to celebrate Michael’s career, with lateral stripes on the outsole memorializing each of his biggest achievements to that point of his career. As for the technology in the shoe, two advancements were made in the cushioning of the AJ10. This was the first Jordan shoe to introduce the light Phylon, a foam still used in sneakers today. Phylon also surrounded the upgraded full-length Air bag that provided more impact protection.
The “Chicago” colorway that MJ wore for this game can be found HERE.
Cover image via The Indianapolis Star